Now that I am teaching middle school science, I am realizing just how broad of a field it truly is. There is so much to try to learn and know, and this knowledge covers multiple branches. Right now, I am reading anything I can to try to help increase my knowledge base for science.
As a result, I jumped at the chance to read and review Star Struck by Dr. David Bradstreet and Steve Rabey, published by Zondervan. I was not disappointed.
The book focuses on astronomy and trying to help increase believers’ sense of wonder at the cosmos that our Creator has made. I believe the book succeeds at that goal.
It starts with a history of astronomy, starting as far back as the Egyptians and Babylonians. It continues to trace astronomy to modern times, digging in to the lives of Kepler, Galileo, and others.
Bradstreet is not afraid to let his faith shine through, as he has Scripture references throughout, makes an argument for design, and even tackles the age of the universe (Bradstreet is not a Young-Earth Creationist, but seems to lean to Evolutionary Creationism, I believe).
In addition, Bradstreet discusses everything from binary suns (which fascinated me) to extraterrestrial life, and the ongoing “space race.”
There is a section of photographs in the book to illustrate what he discusses throughout, and he includes notes and resources in the back for those wanting to read and study further.
I think Bradstreet did a great job at taking a broad and potentially challenging topic and making it easy to understand for those, like me, without much background in the field. At the same time, I think everyone would benefit from reading the book, regardless of how much knowledge of astronomy they may have. It really will leave you “seeing the Creator in the wonders of our cosmos,” to borrow the subtitle of the book.
*Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.